Size 6.3 earthquake boxes Croatia; 6 deaths reported

PETRINJA, Croatia — A powerful earthquake struck central Croatia on Tuesday, destroying buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into rubble-covered roads in a city southeast of the funding.

The identical area was struck with a 5.2 quake on Monday.

Officials stated a 12-year-old woman died in Petrinja, a city of some 25,000 individuals. The following five people were murdered in a virtually destroyed village near the city, according to the nation HRT television.

Back in Petrinja, cries can be heard from under destroyed homes. 1 girl was discovered alive a few four hours following the quake. Emergency teams utilized rescue dogs while searching for survivors, while relatives looked on in despair.

“My city has been completely ruined. We’ve got dead kids,” Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbovic stated in a statement broadcast by HRT. “That is similar to Hiroshima – half the city no longer exists”

“It was dreadful, a jolt, you do not understand what to do, if to come to an end or hide someplace,” she told The Associated Press.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic along with other government ministers came to Petrinja following the earthquake.

“The largest aspect of fundamental Petrinja is at a red zone, meaning that the majority of the buildings aren’t usable,” Plenkovic explained.

He said the military has 500 places prepared in barracks to house folks, though some will be accommodated in local resorts and other areas.

“No one needs to stick out in the chilly tonight,” the prime minister said.

Officials also toured a ruined hospital in the neighboring town of Sisak, which was also severely hit. Plenkovic stated the patients will be evacuated in military helicopters and ambulances.

Health officials said that the infant was sent to a tent in the front of the hospital in the wake of this earthquake.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated on Twitter she talked with Plenkovic and educated an envoy to go to Croatia as soon as possible.

As a Mediterranean country, Croatia is more prone to earthquakes, but not large ones.

Regional TV station N1 reported by Petrinja a failed building had fallen on a vehicle. The footage showed firefighters hoping to eliminate the debris. A guy and a little boy finally were rescued in the vehicle and carried in an ambulance.

The Croatian army was deployed in the area to assist with the rescue operation.

Croatian seismologist Kresimir Kuk described the earthquake as”really powerful,” much more powerful than the other one that struck Zagreb and neighboring regions in the spring. He cautioned people to keep from possibly shaky older buildings and proceed to newer regions of the city due to aftershocks.

From the capital, folks ran in the streets in panic.

The earthquake has been felt across the nation and in neighboring Serbia, Bosnia, and Slovenia.

Police in Slovenia stated the Krsko nuclear power plant has been temporarily closed down after the earthquake. The power plant is collectively owned by Slovenia and Croatia and situated close to their boundary.